10 Long Distance Birthday Ideas

Jax Cohen
Jax Cohen Marketing @ VidHug. Writer. Shower singer. Expert gift-giver.
10 Long Distance Birthday Ideas

Whether it’s your partner, sibling, parent, child, or simply your BFF, being separated by distance is hard. It can make you insanely jealous of people who get to see each other all the time! Birthdays can be the toughest of all. You want to make them feel extra special and loved, but how?

Luckily, making people smile (and sometimes tear up!) over long distances is kind of our specialty at VidHug and we’ve compiled a list of sendable birthday gift ideas just for you!

As you search for the perfect birthday idea, keep this key principle in mind…

Surprise Them!

“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.”

Boris Pasternak

You may not have heard of Boris, the Nobel-winning Russian poet, but he wrote Dr. Zhivago, a beautiful, tragic story (and 3+ hour long film) about love and “the basic human longing for companionship”. From Russia to Ukraine, this man knew long distance relationships and the importance of surprise in keeping them healthy.

Scene from Dr. Zhivago Come on, guys. Nobody’s perfect.

Life is full enough of bad surprises: an unexpected bill, a dent in your car, layoffs at work, or a health scare. We’re all unfortunately used to bad news arriving out of the blue. Part of what makes happy surprises so great is how rare they truly are. It’s why some expectant mothers choose to wait to discover if they’re having a boy or a girl. It’s why we love to hear the phrase “Close your eyes!”. And admit it, on your birthday, you secretly hold out hope that something unexpected and joyful is headed your way.

So, without further delay, let’s help you deliver some magic! Remember, these suggestions are in no particular order, because the best option really depends on the person receiving the gift.

Birthday Party In A Box

Can’t be there in-person to throw a birthday party? Send them one in a box! You can DIY this, but why deal with the hassles of packaging and shipping when you can have experts curate one for you?

Party in a box Imagine receiving this!

There are a ton of mail-order gift box companies out there, but our absolute fav is The Confetti Post. Beautiful packaging, lots of choices, and they put a lot of care into each gift!

Send a Surprise Group Video!

OK, so maybe we’re a tad biased, but here’s a riddle: what’s better than birthday love from a loved one? Birthday joy from ALL of your family & friends, of course! Nothing makes someone feel more special than joyful wishes and smiles from everyone they care about and they’ll love you for making it all happen. With enough time and computer skills, you could do this yourself, but trust us: it ain’t easy.

Don’t worry. If you’re not a video editing nerd with tons of time on your hands, use VidHug, sit back, and we’ll make you look like a creative genius!

Make them feel truly loved!

Advent Calendar

You’re probably used to advent calendars for Christmas or Easter, but what about one that counts down to a birthday? Whether beautifully handmade or made-to-order there are some lovely designs out there. The hard part is getting it all done a month in advance!

A birthday advent calendar 25 days of yum!.

Old-Fashioned Snail Mail

“There must be millions of people all over the world who never get any love letters… I could be their leader.”

Charlie Brown

Poor Charlie. He’s right though; who doesn’t enjoy getting a lovely hand-written letter in the mail?

A handwritten letter Old school, but still cool.

All you need is a pen, paper, envelope, and some stamps. If your cursive writing has been deteriorating since Grade 5, there’s Postable for that!

Feed Them!

Remember being a kid and your mom asking what you wanted to eat on your birthday? That special attention felt so good… and it still does! But if the birthday guy or gal is away from home, they may not have mom or anyone else to feed their soul.

You can send them a gift card for their favorite restaurant. Or if dining alone is too intimdating, send them their favorite munchies that they can’t buy locally: Teddy Grahams or Cheetos for an American, for example, or ketchup chips for your Canadian friend, eh?

A birthday advent calendar “Let them eat cake!”.

Let’s be honest though, a birthday isn’t official until cake is served. So why not send them some?

Make a Scrapbook

Scrapbooks are a classic long-distance gift. They’re personal, unique, and the love and effort that went into them just jumps out of the pages at you. Did you know you can put a birthday twist on them? Check out this tutorial on making a beautiful scrapbook-y (yes, I made that up) card.

Make a Mix-Tape

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

William Shakespeare

Right on, Billy! What’s a birthday party without some great tunes?

If you’re looking to gift the music digitally, you can create them a playlist on Spotify or ITunes and even wrap it digitally for them.

Or, if you prefer a physical gift, you’ve got some retro & modern options.

Milktape A cassette tape USB drive!

Your Favourite Shared Thing

Do you and your long-distance love (hey, friends count as ‘loves’ too!) share a passion that no other two people seem to “get” quite as much? Or is there something that you do together that can’t be replaced with anyone else? Whatever it is, there’s probably a subscription box for it!

Korean subscription box Who doesn’t bond over Korean face masks?.

Whether it be an undying obsession with skincare, a joint interest in spiritual healing, or a shared affection for teatime, when you can’t be there to put the facemask, incense, or kettle on in person, a monthly surprise is the next best thing.

A Sentimental Scent

Neurologists say that smell is linked with memory more so than any of our other senses, so why not gift the feeling of cuddling up at home together in the scientifically-proven best way possible?

Burning incense Mmmmmm… scent-imental

With locations from Boston to LA, Homesick candles have cooked up the most nostalgic smells of home— ideal for when your partner feels like millions of miles away

Map Art of a Special Place

As we’ve said, the most meaningful gifts are usually personal, so whether you get crafty yourself or let a professional artisan handle it, an art piece of a place full of shared memories is a beautiful and creative way to say “I’m thinking of you”.

Frame heart map I love U… tah.

In the DIY mood? This quick and easy framed heart map will surely impress. Looking for a ready-made sentimental gift that double as wall décor? This stunning customizable map print is a perfect choice.

What are YOUR favs?

Now that you’ve seen our suggestions for long-distance gifts, we’d love to hear yours! Whether they’re DIY projects or something you bought, tweet at us here.

Better yet, make Boris proud and start working on your long-distance surprise right away!

Create Your LDR Gift!